I freely concede that I am completely out of it when it comes to most facets of current popular culture. I’m way behind on the new musical acts and popular songs, the hot TV shows, and the latest fads.
I recognize that my opinion therefore doesn’t count for much . . . but I still think Madonna is pathetic. She’s an act from the ’80s who has fallen out of favor and into modern cultural irrelevancy. She’s not alone; other ’80s singers like Boy George and Cyndi Lauper and Huey Lewis aren’t doing much these days, either. Apparently, however, it is driving Madonna nuts to be out of the limelight, and she will say or do anything to get attention. At least, that is how I interpret her reported conduct on an overseas tour, where she shows controversial videos, flashes a nipple in one city, and flashes her keister in another. Anything for a headline!
It’s sad to see the formerly rich and famous scramble to hold on to a glimmer of their celebrity status. They are so addicted to attention that they will stoop to incredibly demeaning behavior to get another fix. Madonna’s problem is that she never had much of a voice, can’t transition to singing standards as prior artists have done, and has learned that today’s young people aren’t really interested in buying songs sung by 50-year-olds. When you want desperately to be a musical and cultural phenomenon and you confront those realities, there’s not much you can do but work out for hours every day, expose a butt cheek now and then, and ponder what form of outrageous behavior you’ll need to participate in tomorrow.
What’s next, Madonna biting the head off a chicken? It’s pathetic.